Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the Training Academy. We are passionate about building and sustaining representation and diversity within the outdoor industry. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. BIPoC, 2SLGBTQ+, and candidates living with a disability are highly encouraged to apply, even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description for this role. Your experience, skills, and passion will set you apart so tell us about your achievements and journey to date, and the things you learned along the way.


Academy Trainers draw on skill sets developed through a wide range of professional experiences to help prepare program participants for today’s outdoor industry. They play a crucial role in the ongoing development of the Training Academy, helping to inform program content and design. The Trainer position is very much a leadership role, linking the learning requirements of the Training Academy to practical in-field experiences.

Working in pairs, Academy Trainers in each region will put the Training Academy vision into action, teaching the learning content and carrying out the field portion of the Academy curriculum. Participants’ experience and connection to the outdoors will range from limited exposure to seasoned professionals. Trainers should feel comfortable guiding students through their personal learning journey and facilitating field experiences that cater to diverse backgrounds.

Academy Trainers are the front-line staff of OBC’s Training Academy and directly influence current and future outdoor leaders by offering accessible and innovative training opportunities. Additionally, Academy Trainers will support the successful operations of regional OBC programs, as needed.


Location: Preference is given to local applicants, with the possibility of some remote work when not needed at a regional base for field programs.

Currently hiring for:
o 2 positions in Atlantic Canada (TBD)
o 1 position in Minden, ON
o 2 positions in Canmore, AB
o 1 position on Vancouver Island, BC

Salary: $50,000-$55,000 annually

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package and Employee Assistance Plan

Term: Full Time Salaried Contract, 6-months to 3-year contract term (negotiable) with possibility for extension.

Working hours: This role requires a minimum of 6 weeks (and up to 20 weeks) in the field. Field days include longer hours and follow the special rules and exemptions related to employment under wilderness guides/instructors.
When not in-field, regular working hours are flexible and will include approx. 37.5 hours per week.

Supervisor: Training Academy Curriculum Manager

Application Deadline: September 5, 2022

Anticipated Start Date: September 2022 (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Please review specific responsibilities here: https://www.outwardbound.ca/about-us/work-with-us/jobs/academy-trainer/

Tagged as: Full Time


Experience training instructors, coaches, educators, or youth leaders.
Demonstrates a high level of educational skill and expertise.
A broad range of experience working with youth groups, guiding backcountry trips, adaptive recreation programming, or experiential education.
Demonstrated commitment to disrupting colonial/dominant narratives and experience contributing to an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment.
Ability to build rapport with students from diverse backgrounds.

Required Skills:

Vulnerable Sector Check
Fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Wilderness First Responder certification
Ontario: Bronze Cross or higher, SRT, Paddle Canada Intermediate Tandem Moving Water Instructor or higher
BC: SKGABC Level 2 or higher, or Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor or higher
Rockies: ACMG AHG or higher
Atlantic: Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor or higher

Preferred Skills:

French language proficiency
Program development and evaluation experience
Youth coaching, facilitation, or mentoring experience
Additional certification and training:
Mental Health First Aid
Trauma-informed care training
Training or lived experience in topics related to diversity, justice, equity, and inclusion

About Outward Bound Canada

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Application Instructions

Apply for this position by submitting your cover letter, resume and trip log as one PDF using this form. Learn more about the Training Academy. Explore other current job openings at Outward Bound Canada.